P.N.G. Gossip Newsletter - 30 Apr 1999

PNG Gossip Newsletter Meri Milne Bay
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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth about 43 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.

For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look http://maps.google.com

Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.

If a longer URL in this newsletter appears to be broken, please manually cut and then paste the link into your browser.

Recommended Site

The recommended site this time is a site that is part of a student project which had as a goal "to post a web page about the cultural, political, and historical influences that affect the use and development of technology. And to give a technological "state of the union" for the chosen country". The co-author of the PNG pages mentioned the following - "I'd have to guess that about 50 students had similar projects. Most picked the easy countries. France, Germany, UK etc. One of the instructors was supposed to put up an index page, but as of right now that hasn't happened. Being that this project basically WAS our final so most of the students probably don't care. (I'm done and outta here sort of thing)


+ Air Niugini (PX)

PX has announced that they will be leasing a BAE146 to replace the Fokker F28 that had the landing gear collapse after landing at Goroka recently.

+ University Literacy

The outgoing Vice Chancellor at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) (Dr Hills) has highlighted the fact that students entering the Uni are not literate. He has said it is a "little frightening" and "it also highlighted the general problem with education in PNG".

Dr Hills said first year students at the university taking a "Foundation English" course are tested about a third of the way through their course and only 11 per cent "were judged to be able to benefit from the course".

"There were 60 per cent in the failed category and above who were struggling and were probably unable to cope without special tuition," he said, while noting that at least 50 to 60 per cent of people who graduated from the university 20 years ago would have been represented in the top category.

My wife, who has to cope with teaching medical students at the University Medical Faculty, also reinforces these statements.

+ Arson at UPNG

Five people have been charged with arson and destruction of public properties after police, in a dawn raid on the Waigani campus, arrested them the other day.

The people arrested are believed to be students who are alleged to have been involved in the burning of government vehicles three weeks ago at the height of protests over the restructure at the university.

The Student Representative Council has denied that students were involved in the burning of cars, and blamed outsiders for doing it to cast the blame on students given the situation at the campus at the time.

+ Road Condition

After many months of heavy rain the roads in the National Capital are washing away faster the road repair crews and apply patches to the holes.

+ Benny Hind

American spiritualist and millionaire, Benny Hind, Is paying a visit to Port Moresby and it is amazing what a visit like this can do to have the place tidied up a bit. It's a shame it can't be done as a matter of course during a normal working day.

+ PNG Stock Exchange

The PNG Exchange was launched yesterday and Prime Minister Skate and Commerce and Industry Minister, Ian Ling Stuckey both made a promise that the government will not interfere in the operations and administration of the exchange.

+ Jails

The Correctional Institutional Services chief has said that prisoners in jails around the country will not have anything to eat if money is not forthcoming from the government by the end of May. This will be after the K13 million received by CIS in the 1999 budget runs out.

+ Bougainville

The elections on Bougainville have been postponed indefinitely. Papua New Guinea's Minister of State, Sam Akoitai, said the delay will allow time for Bougainville leaders to inform people about a new agreement signed by the leaders at talks in New Zealand last week.

+ Army Engineers

Igam Barracks outside Lae has been made the home of the Engineering Battalion in a recent restructure. The Australian government established Igam in 1967.

+ Western Province "Flying Doctor"

The Pioneer Health Services in Western Province has stopped providing mobile medical services because the provincial government has failed to honour contractual obligations. The plane used in the services has been withdrawn to Australia.

+ Madang

Yabob villagers have spotted a huge saltwater crocodile in Madang. The villagers and residents of Madang are on full alert following the report.

+ Jackson's Security

The guards at Jackson's airport will be better able to patrol the airport thanks to a donation of two vehicles by AusAid. The vehicles are valued in excess of K100,000.

+ Lihir Schools

Parents and Wantoks of the Lihir International School have donated much needed teaching materials to the government and mission run schools situated on Lihir island, New Ireland.

+ Asian Development Bank

It was reported in the National Newspaper recently that a 1998 report by the Asian Development Bank has said that PNG had the second worst project disbursement ratio. PNG came second to Fiji among the island nations in the Pacific. This has resulted in the cancellation of surplus loan proceeds of US$31.3 million (K75 million) last year.

+ Parliament Adjournment

The NBC and PacNews have reported that the Ombudsman's Office in Papua New Guinea is taking legal action against Government and the Parliament for their decision to adjourn Parliament for seven months last December. (Parliament is scheduled to open in July this year)

Another Web Site to pay a visit to...
http://www.escapeartist.com/papua/papua.htm If you think you have a PNG page worth mentioning then please send e-mail to giaman@png-gossip.com.

Recommended Site...

Take a look at DIVErsion Dive Travel & Training in Cairns, Australia at http://www.diversionOZ.com/epngdive.htm

For an online tourist guide to Papua New Guinea visit the Lonely Planet Website at http://www.lonelyplanet.com.au/dest/aust/png.htm

PNG newspaper sites

Post Courier

The National


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